Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud announced his pick today, March 7, for the next police chief — David Michael Plesich.

“I have made a conditional offer to David Plesich,” McCloud said. “David was one of the two finalists the last time we hired a chief. At the time, he was in management with the Hilliard (Division of Police).”

Plesich was a finalist for Reynoldsburg police chief in 2012, but McCloud chose Jim O’Neill, who retired last fall.

Plesich, who is licensed as an attorney in Ohio, has been a patrol officer with the police department in Charleston, South Carolina, since June 2016. Before that, he served as a lieutenant in the patrol bureau and then in the detectives bureau at the Hilliard Division of Police from July 2011 to June 2016. He earned his law degree at Capital University Law School.

McCloud said the offer is conditional upon Plesich’s successful completion of a background check and physical and psychological examinations.

He said Plesich’s annual salary would be $116,000 plus benefits. A start date hasn't been announced yet.

“David was chosen for his leadership abilities, his communication skills and his dedication to the highest of law enforcement principles,” McCloud said. “He also believes in being involved in the community and is a proponent of community policing. He will be a great and visible leader of the Reynoldsburg Division of Police.”

Four other finalists were interviewed for the position, Reynoldsburg Lt. and Acting Chief William Early, Ronald Gray, Kimberly Nuesse and Jeffrey K. Scott.

Early has been acting chief since Sept. 22 — O’Neill’s last day on the job. O’Neill officially retired at the end of October.

Check for updates and read the March 15 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News for details.